Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just saying Thanks!

I wanted to dedicate a post to Thank You all for the lovely birthday wishes and congratulatory baby wishes. It is truly appreciated :)

I am a person who believes in expressing gratitude. I may be one a few remaining people who hand writes Thank You notes- probably to my own detriment as I still have not finished the Thank You's for my baby shower. So this is my post of Thanks.

Thanks for the phone calls, Thanks for the text messages. Thanks for caring and Thanks for praying. Thanks for thinking of us and thanks for taking care of us (mom and dad!) Thanks for your support (mama k) and thanks for your concern :)

Basically thanks to all of you for everything!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Watching football makes me cry

I never thought I would see the day when I get emotional watching Sunday night football!

Okay so my postpartum hormones may be skewing this a little- but it still bought tears to my eyes nonetheless. When I saw this commercial I immediately thought of my baby boy. I even contemplated actually doing this. But above all this, I bet you are wondering why I'm even watching Sunday night football! Eh, my hubby was watching, I was holding the baby because for the past 3 days he seems to believe he is alone and completely abandoned if I'm not holding him while he falls asleep... boys!

So anyway... If you are an emotional person be prepared to hate google for making you cry-

Friday, September 23, 2011

Y3W: I miss you!

Another blog hop for me!

The past two weeks have been exhaustive yet amazing! I am enjoying learning how
to be a mommy and seeing my little guy grow.

There are so many things I wish to blog about like the 'end' of my pregnancy and
thoughts about it now that I am on the other side of through. I'd also like to
talk about my first few weeks as a mom- I have shed so many tears and he doesn't
even have a social security number yet!

Today is the first day of fall and I wanted to unveil my fall blog makeover but
that clearly is not going to happen as I haven't even emailed my "designer".
It's also the end of the 'All My Children' era. Yes, I know watching soap operas
is very uncharacteristic of a young 20-something but I began watching in support
when a kid I went to school with joined the cast. I have been hooked ever since
even after he left the cast.

My blog was started for a number of reasons including getting my thoughts out on
paper without being repetitive and I miss having this as an outlet. I get so
many text messages and phone calls inquiring about how we are doing and I always
respond with the proverbial "fine", "ok", or "pretty good" but I have so much
stuff to get off my chest including why it should be illegal to send first time
parents home with their two day old newborns...

I also desperately want to do the nursery reveal post but all the friggin'
furniture still isn't in yet. Hurricane Irene is still being used as the excuse
by the furniture place- although I kind of get the suspicion that some of the
furniture was destroyed rather than delayed delivery to the warehouse like they

So in the meantime while I sort out this new thing called parenthood I'll leave
you with my new siggy...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Birth Story

Whew! third an final installment of the letter of a birth story to my son. Part one and Part two are here.
I expected someone to announce what sex you were, say congrats or something. I looked at your dad and he looked at you. I wanted someone to tell me what's going on.  They put you on my belly and rubbed you and shook you around a little. O Dear God- please let everything be okay. I tried to grab you but something wasn't right. The doctor asked your dad if he was ready to cut the chord. So camera in one hand, scissors in the other- he cut the chord- you were no longer attached to me and you were now supporting yourself.

They whisked you over to the incubator and I asked "What's going on?!"...

Your dad looked panicked and he rubbed my leg. I just tried to breathe and I said my first prayer for you outside of the womb.

"Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread
And forgive us our debts, and we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

The nurse pressed a blue button on the wall and it started flashing. The doctor got up from in front of me and went over to you. At the same time a whole bunch of people wearing scrubs came dashing into the room. O Lord, please save my child.

Then you began to wail. He's crying- please tell me that's a good thing.

The nurse said to them "never mind" then I exhaled. She invited your dad over to take pictures of you. Good, everything is gonna be okay. Your dad looked back at me and said "We have a boy!" Is he okay??

The doctor calmly explained to me what happened. "His umbilical cord was compressed while he was in the birth canal so he wasn't getting enough air. He's a little blue right now but it will be okay. You have a small tear so you're gonna need about two stitches but you did wonderful!" She made me feel a little bit better. Dad came back over to me to tell me how perfect you were. I asked him if you were okay and he told me it will be fine. I believed him- he was your dad. He leaned over and kissed me and we shed tears.

The nurse continued to work to make you better. She swaddled you and told me to hold you for a little bit but they have to take you away for observation and to make sure everything is ok. I was so happy to have you in my arms and didn't want them to take you away. It seemed like forever for the doctor to finish with me. I did feel the afterbirth (which is kind of weird because I was supposed to be numb) being delivered and a few other things went on. After I got cleaned up your Aunt and Uncle came in to meet you. We all got to spend a little time with you before they took you to the nursery. You had a slew of family and friends surrounding you and praying for you. Later that day when they bought you to me and told me everything was perfect- I couldn't count my blessings high enough. Everything after that is pretty much a blur. More family and friends came to visit over the weekend. The nurses were very helpful teaching us how to take care of you. One nurse showed us how to give you a bath while other nurses showed mommy helpful ways to breastfeed you. We are having a rough beginning to breastfeeding but I'm sure we'll both get it. We have so much to learn- which is ironic because I had to past 2 different types of test in order to obtain driving privileges but they just sent you home with us- no questions asked! Mommy did have to take a postpartum assessment quiz and I aced it! I'd say the easiest thing about this whole process was carrying you in my belly. The funnest part was a long weekend out of town in December =) and the most rewarding part is you :). Now here comes the hard part.

Every time I hold you I thank god for the precious gift he has given me. Welcome to the family!!!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Birth Story

I just want to point out that it is extremely difficult to write my baby's birth story. I do not have a moment long enough to get it "on paper" and I really want to do this before I forget especially the little details. Here is part one of the letter to my son about his journey from the womb to the world.

Hey baby boy,

So now here we are in the labor and delivery room. It's about 6:30 am and it was time to settle in for a bit. We had already called your grandparents, aunt, and uncle to tell them you were on your way- they were so excited! They decided not to come right away because these things sometimes take a while. I was having more and more pain but your daddy was helping me through it so wonderfully- I'm not sure how I would have handled it without him. The hospital staff was also approaching a shift change so they wanted to get me settled in and comfortable. The nurse hung up some IV fluids and antibiotics so that you wouldn't get any germs. The nurse asked me how I was doing with pain and I requested an epidural. Through my pregnancy I debated if I was going to go that route but I decided this was best for us right now. So they called anesthesia and asked them to come before the shift change. Sure enough at about 6:50 they were there.

They requested that your dad leave them room because administering an epidural can be really scary but the anesthesia tech stayed with me and coached me through the process. Your dad left to go and get some snacks while I had the procedure and as soon as he left he texted me that he saw one of the doctors from the practice in the hallway. The contractions were so intense I couldn't really respond. The procedure was quick and we were done in what seemed like 5 minutes (but I'm sure it was a little longer than that). As soon as they were done the on call doctor came in to break my water. This was a weird feeling. This also made me realize that you were one step closer to coming into the world. Your protective layer of fluid was no longer surrounding you and I just wanted to hold you even more. Your dad was back in a jiff and I told him everything that had while he was gone. The pain medication started to work and I was feeling some relief.

Then another doctor from the practice came in to check on me. I was so happy to see her because I wanted her to deliver you. I'm sure you already know this but her dad delivered me while Big Momma was carrying me- so I thought it would be a little special if she delivered you. She made the trip even though it wasn't her day to be at the hospital. She checked me and said I was 8 cm and progressing at a rate of about a centimeter an hour so she would be back in 2 hours. She left and your dad and I were excited that we were getting closer but decided to get some rest. I closed my eyes to sleep and suddenly starting feeling contractions but only on the right side of my belly. I was afraid this was going to happen- the epidural wouldn't work fully and I would have to concentrate on the pain rather than your actual birth. I told the nurse about this and she tried to reposition me  to get the medicine to travel to the other side of my body. After several more contractions I knew something had to be done- so she called anesthesia for another dose of the epidural. By now my legs felt like they weighed about a ton each and I really couldn't move them on my own. I am not sure who checked me but I was now 10 centimeters dilated and that means it's time to push!

I was getting a little concerned that none of the family had reached the hospital yet but I had no time to fret because in walked Dr. P. She suited up while the nurse set up the table for everything the doctor would need. You see two hours hadn't quite passed like the doctor originally thought and so they all had to rush a little to set everything up. The nurse had told me not to push because they weren't ready so I had to lay there and hold you in just a little while longer- it was the final moments before we would be separated. Your dad grabbed my leg and the nurse grabbed they other and finally they told me to "PUSH"!!

So, I began pushing...

... "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10"

"That was good let's do it again"


"Great! you're almost there! One more time!"    "hand me the vacuum"      "okay go!"

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10"

I felt you pass through my birth canal and my tummy deflate. Now, sweet baby boy you are a part of the rest of the world.

Then there was dead silence....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's my Birthday!

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It's my birthday and I get to spend it with the most precious gift ever!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby!

My sweet little boy,

I can't believe we welcomed you just two days ago! What an experience for mommy and daddy! Let me tell you how it went.

It all started at mommy's 40 week appointment at the doctor. Since we were at your due date, mommy's doctor performed a procedure called membrane stripping to kind of jump start labor. At first I didn't think it would work- your dad however knew you were coming and made no plans besides getting ready to become a dad. Contractions started right away during the procedure- I think it kind of shocked you because your heart rate was a little shaky. The doctor put you and I on the monitor to make sure you were okay and sure enough you were doing fine in there! My contractions were fluctuating between 2 and 4 minutes apart and varying in intensity. After about 30 minutes of monitoring she told us to go home and get some rest because she'll be seeing us real soon :)

When dad and I got home we started preparing for your arrival just in case. Our hospital bad was already packed and in the car- just in case we had to go straight from the hospital. So we straightened up the house and made sure everything was just perfect. Eventually our excitement was too overwhelming and I decided to take a nap just in case I would be labor for a long time. I layed down about somewhere between 9:30 and 10:30 at night. I was still having contractions so it took me a while to get comfortable enough to go to sleep. Your dad was watching the season opening game of football Green Bay Packers versus New Orleans Saints. This was very important to him because the Packers is his favorite team (which is what's up with all the green and yellow stuff you are gonna come across) and they won the Super Bowl last season. He was so loud cheering them on and he can't wait to have you help him cheer them on (despite your grandfather's attempts at making you cheer for the Dallas Cowboys). I was actually able to get a little rest even though your Dad was being so loud... until about 2:15am.

Sometime during my nap, your dad joined me in the bed although I'm not sure how he was able to close his eyes because Green Bay won the game. I was awoken by the sharpest pain ever! I got up and went to the bathroom and was hit by another contraction. I went back to bed and tried to fall asleep but it wasn't working. I decided to get up and try walking. Your dad immediately got out the bed and said this is it! I wasn't so convinced just yet. I didn't want to go to the hospital to get my hopes up of seeing you and then get sent home. Your dad helped me time my contractions with my handy dandy contraction timer app and they were on average 2-3 minutes apart. I was finally convinced to go to the hospital. We grabbed your car seat, dad brushed his teeth (this is a very important detail) and we were off!... to McDonald's!

Since the doctor swept my membranes I had a very insatiable hunger. I didn't want to eat anything too heavy (even though your dad did fix me a steak and cheese sandwich at around mid night) in case we we had to deliver soon. Labor medication and food don't really mix well. At McDonald's I ordered a fruit and yogurt parfait and a fruit and walnut salad. I ate the parfait right away and saved the fruit and walnut salad in case we were in for a long haul.

When we arrived at the hospital, we knew the routine from our last visit and were pros at checking in. This time was a little different though- there was some discomfort with each contraction. We immediately got into an evaluation room and got comfy. I, of course, had to change into the hospital gown and dad tried to find something to watch on TV. Time crept on and my contractions kept getting stronger. After nearly two hours we were finally seen by the resident. The PET unit nurse said they had two delivery emergencies so it took him some time to see us. By this time I felt like life was nearly over- but it was just beginning. The resident said I was 5 cm dilated! We were making progress :) So now we get to go to labor and delivery! They called patient transport to wheel us down the hallway. When the transport lady got into our room with a wheel chair I could not believe it! "You want me to get out of this bed?!" I don't know why they couldn't just wheel the bed I was in down the hallway but whatever- I had to wait for a contraction to pass then got up and wobbled to the wheel chair. That lady zoomed me down the hallway like there was a fire behind us :/ Didn't she know that I was in pain and all that whizzing was uncalled for!?! Then when we get into the L&D room she looks at me like okay now you have to get into THIS bed. "O, Dear God... fine" ...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

40 weeks!

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Not only am I full-term- I made it to the full 40 weeks! Now instead of counting down, we're counting up! In the back of my mind I was secretly hoping to make it to my due date- but I was often nervous about going before hand.

I of course had a doctor's appointment today and I am 3 cm dilated!!! She also stripped my membranes which caused the most intense contraction I've had thus far (and to think it's going to get worse). I wasn't really fond of the medical interventions to jump start labor but I think it's better than pitocin. I dread receiving pitocin. Once she stripped my membranes, she put me on the monitor because the baby's heart rate had dropped. After 20 minutes of monitoring  I was having contractions at regular intervals. She stated that I may even have the baby this weekend!!! I was starving when we left the doctor's office so we grabbed some food and headed home. So, I've been timing my contractions and trying to stay busy and moving. I am kind of sleepy but I don't want to slow things down by relaxing (although laziness has gotten the best of me for the past hour or so). I also feel like I should get some sort of rest just in case my active labor is really long.

I guess for now I'll continue fielding phone calls letting people know about my progress- however if hubby stays home from work tomorrow, I'm shutting off my phone. I have used more {cell phone} minutes this week than I have in months! I appreciate that everyone cares but calling to ask if I've had the baby is kind of silly considering we'll let everyone know once the baby is born. If we haven't notified you- then the baby hasn't come. Here's hopefully my last progress update!

After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and... you're still pregnant. It's a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you're relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.
You still have a couple of weeks before you'll be considered "post-term." But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on her if your pregnancy continues.
You may have a biophysical profile (BPP), which consists of an ultrasound to look at your baby's overall movements, breathing movements (movement of her chest muscles and diaphragm), and muscle tone (whether she opens and closes her hand or extends and then flexes her limbs), as well as the amount of amniotic fluid that surrounds her (important because it's a reflection of how well the placenta is supporting your baby).
Fetal heart rate monitoring (called a nonstress test or NST) will generally be done as well — by itself or as part of the BPP. Or, you may have what's known as a modified BPP, which consists of an NST and an ultrasound to assess the amount of amniotic fluid.
If the fetal testing isn't reassuring — the amniotic fluid level is too low, for example — you'll be induced. If there's a serious, urgent problem, you may have an immediate c-section.
Your practitioner will also check your cervix to see if it's "ripening." Its position, how soft it is, how effaced (thinned out) it is, and how dilated (open) it is can all affect when and how your labor is induced. If you don't go into labor on your own, you'll be induced, usually sometime between 41 and 42 weeks.

Pregnancy: 40 weeks!

Gender: Team Green

Name: It's safe to safe we have names- but that's not to say I won't change my mind. 

Weight Gain: At last week's appointment I gained another pound. Between that appointment and this I gained another so I think I am up to 24 now?

Sleep: Still with the very vivid dreams. However it does take me a long time to fall asleep now. I feel bad for my hubby because he's still getting up and going to work in the mornings so I feel like I'm disturbing him.

Feeling: Still doing great! At times I do have to slow down and I get periods of uncomfortableness but yes, I am still driving (I don't know what's up with this question) and still doing for myself as necessary. BTW- these contractions aren't the funnest thing in the world.

Health: Everything is well enough to continue with the pregnancy. My blood pressure is 112/70 and the baby's heart rate is good (with the exception of that procedure).

Movement: Baby is so comfy, I don't think he or she will come out willingly. I'm still feeling lots of movement, stretching, rolling, and head butts. 

Belly: The itching has subsided a little. Thank God for this EVOO.

Next Appointment: I have to go in Monday if I don't have the baby.

Happy Due Date, Baby!

Dear Pumpkin,

I can't believe how close I am to seeing you face-to-face! This has been a wonderful 40 weeks carrying you around, supporting you, and loving you. But what can I say- you made it easy for me! There were only a few bouts of heartburn and uncomfortable, restless nights (especially as of late) but I will always treasure the moments that only you and I were able to share.  Sometimes I worry if I will 'get it right' with you but I'm sure every first time mom has had her doubts. You are coming into a world full of people who love you and care for you so I'm sure I will have plenty of help. But forgive us if we make any mistakes- you're our first.

So far, we have everything ready for you- just waiting for you to get here. There are plenty of clothes, diapers, toys, blankets, and I even have a can of formula waiting just in case we have a hard time getting this nursing thing down. Your dad still has a few pieces of furniture to put together for your room- but that's no biggie because you're gonna be right by myside for a while and it will be some time before your room has to be fully put together.

Your dad and I are working hard to provide a wonderful furture for you and we have so many big plans for us- I'm looking forward to each and every moment as our family grows. Speaking of your dad- he's going crazy out here. He can't wait to hold you and kiss you and cuddle you. I think we are going to have a hard time deciding who gets to hold you at times, lol! You are going to be spoiled rotten I'm sure. G-Pa, Big Momma, and Uncle are over the moon! I think they all might even move into our house, lol! Your Grandma M and Auntie already have plans made to come and visit. They live out of state- but it's not too far away- so they won't have any problems coming to visit. Not to mention all of your great Aunts, cousins, second, cousins, etc. Don't worry I'll help you remember who all these people are.

I already have your outfits picked out for your newborn pictures and something for each of your first 3 holidays (I'll have to get outfits for your other first hoildays later when you get a little bigger). I know you won't remember any of this so I hope you like to smile for the camera. Your Uncle is a photographer so I'm wondering who is going to get tired of me first- him or you.

Sweet Potato, there are no words to express what how much we love you and look forward to your arrival. You just wait and see...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weekend Wrap- Up

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It's September and do you know what that means?! My birthday is coming up :)

Labor Day weekend was this weekend. We didn't really have concrete plans- although we did have an impromptu family get together on Saturday. We don't know when baby will decide to make his or her debut so I'm keeping things low key.

Sunday was Beyonce's Birthday. This is actually of no importance to many people but she's one of my favorite artists and she recently announced her pregnancy at MTV's VMA's and I am super excited to be gestating at the same with her- even though our concurrent pregnancies will come to an end shortly. During the course of my pregnancy I liked to look at celebrity pregnancy fashion and what they were up to so it'll be fun to see how she rocks her bump and continue performing.

My due date is in 2 days!!! I honestly think I will go past my due date- but we will see what happens.

My birthday is in 8 days!!! I am so blessed to have lived another year and now to become a mommy too- so amazing :)

We made a little more progress in the nursery. I know this project is taking longer than some other nursery project but when I do the 'nursery reveal' post you will understand why.

Among other things happening this month- My cousin's birthday, back to school time (although this really means nothing to me at this particular juncture) and the start of fall (although sometimes I wish summers would last forever).

So what's on my birthday wish list (you know just in case you wanted to send me presents :))

#1 A healthy, safe delivery.
#2 A healthy, happy baby.
#3 Health and prosperity for my {entire} family and me.

I know this list is kind of not what you were expecting... right? But it's true. Sometimes these things worry me which is completely irrational at times but I really do worry about these things. Now to the materialistic stuff...

#1 Lot's of BuyBuybaby and Babies R Us gift cards. I still have so much I want to buy for my little bit. There are a ton of cute baby stuff out there!

#2 A new wardrobe. Yea- I'm going to be in awkward sizes for a little while longer so it's probably not a good idea to buy new clothes just yet- but I long to be a glam mama.

#3 A Seafood feast birthday dinner. I doubt this will happen anytime remotely close to my birthday but a girl can dream.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

HAPPY LABOR DAY Pictures, Images and Photos

While I completely understand that labor day is not about having the day off- it most certainly is a perk! Hope you guys have a safe and fun labor day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Week In Review

So, I've been MIA for a little bit. And I can't say that I'm back to posting daily until a little normalcy returns.

The past weekend's hurricane didn't wreak havoc in my household too much. My hubby had us completely prepared from lots of bottled water to a fridge full of food. Our roof leaked filling up a 5 gallon bucket in our bedroom and a smaller bucket in the kitchen and dining room. I was a little nervous about it at first but then I saw how some households were completely flooded in other towns and counted my blessings.

So to survive being shut in during the threat of a hurricane- I baked (of course I didn't get pictures of my world famous brownies) and we started our preparations to get ready for a baby:

That bear is absolutely freaking adorable! So we got the car seat and stroller set-up. It's not yet installed in my hubby's car, but we're working our way there. We also set up the baby's bassinet- so now baby can come home and sleep.

My living room still looks kind of a mess. There are shower gifts thrown all over the living room. Well not thrown about- it's neatly stacked, I'm just overwhelmed. The nursery isn't 100% ready so I can't really put anything in there any way. I come from a life of procrastination so I'm not surprised that the nursery isn't 100% ready and I'm not freaking out about it. I think I am baking a procrastinator too... let me explain.

Monday morning hubby and I went to work as normal. I got home earlier than he and did my usual milling about. I have a ton on my to do list so I decided to organize all of the baby's things. I never got to open all my gifts at my shower (we ran out of time having way too much fun) so I went through every.single.thing and organized it by category: toys, clothes, bottle, baby care, etc. My hubby came home and started cooking dinner (I love that guy!) and all was normal. Until I had to go to the bathroom. Without giving you the gory details when I stood up there was a gush of liquid... o_o

My thoughts: Okay, panic...
My words: "WHAT IN THE WORLD!"

My thoughts: Don't panic- you are pregnant, you are full term, this is normal- but did my water just break?
Hubby's words: "Babe, you okay? What's going on in there?" ~ from outside the bathroom door.

Me: Uhhh I think my water may have broken but I can't tell
Hubby: Lemme check

I'd like to continue to tell you what happened as it is very funny, but I'll spare you- and no hubby did not touch me or anything that came out of me. After a very funny couple of seconds he called my doctor and she told him to take me to the hospital to get checked. So I hopped in the shower, while hubby turned off the stove, and we were off.

Of course we had to take every detour known to man in order - stupid Irene. I didn't have a single contraction the whole time but the baby was moving like crazy! I thought for sure "holy crap we're gonna have a baby and I didn't even wash the baby's clothes!"

We finally arrived and as we walked past the security desk and through the halls everyone looked very excited for us and yelled Congratulations!

I had to pee like a racehorse and as soon as we made it to the unit, they ushered me into the bathroom- "and while you're there give us a sample!"

I got hooked up to monitors asked a million questions by 4 different people and waited.

Then I feel like I had the worse experience of my life. The resident checked my membranes to see if it was still intact or if my water had in fact broken. I don't know why a visual inspection was necessary- but OMG! Let's put it this way. I thought I was going to try to tough it out naturally for a while (at least until about 5-8 centimeters) and  I have COMPLETELY scratched that idea. Because I couldn't tell if I was still leaking or not they have to check- and he said he "thinks" it's still in tact.

Let me pause for a moment. While, I have an understanding that residents need to learn in order to become attendings (or go into private practice) I did NOT appreciate him saying "I think". I've been a "medical student" and know what it's like for people to not trust you or give you a chance just because you are learning but this guys was very reassuring. Plus he told me I was still only a centimeter dilated and 50% effaced.. DUDE! I've been that way for 2 weeks!

"FINE!" we'll just go home then, besides I didn't wash any of the baby's clothes. I felt a huge wave of disappointment and relief at the same time. So, I got my discharge papers and was headed out the door but not before the nurse told me I was having contractions every 2 to 4 minutes and I could be back later tonight or next week. What?! I didn't feel a single thing! She said that was normal and to come back if I leak or I have contractions that hurt. :(

By now it's late (even later than that clock says) and we are starving, dinner is ruined, and we are exhausted. We pulled into the nearest McDonald's, went home and ate. Shortly there after we were sleep.

The next morning wasn't the easiest. In fact we both slept through our alarm clocks and rolled back over. I honestly didn't want to be alone so I was super relieved when hubby told me he was going to let his boss know he wasn't coming in. After another long nap, we woke up and started our day- with our baby in my belly.

We got a few more errands done and had a (very good) late lunch in the park. I think my hubby was trying to walk the baby out of me but I enjoyed every moment of it. The weather was beautiful, the park was peaceful, and for one of the last times ever it was just me and him.

Then we went home and I washed the baby's clothes, lol! Hubby cooked an amazing dinner (again) and did some more work in the baby's room.

The next day we made it work. At it was my final day at work. There wasn't a lot of hoopla or pomp and circumstance- in fact I just ended up coming home with 4 years of accumulated personal effects (and I didn't even bring everything). Now, starts the hard part- alone everyday waiting to become a mommy. I'm going to have an extremely hard time staying out of Babies 'R Us, Buy Buy baby, and Target. I'm going to get bored of these walls and probably end up at some random location to keep myself occupied. Or maybe I will surprise myself and enjoy preparing my nest at home.

So it's official...

We're having a September baby! The count down to baby's arrival is going to be exhaustive. My husband is sooo anxious and I feel like we need more time. Honestly... I can't wait to hold my sweet little baby in my arms.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

39 weeks!

I made it another week! Although my husband isn't very happy about this. This means I officially have a September baby :) Now wouldn't it be ironic if I went into labor on labor day?!

Today is also the official start of my maternity leave. So far all I've done was have breakfast, go to the doctor, then have lunch. I'm really worried about getting complacent laying on the couch and getting comfortable doing nothing. Don't get me wrong- there's still stuff to be done around here but I'll say "o, I can do it later, I don't have to go to work!"

So, let's talk about progress:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! S/he continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

So, what's next? Well this weekend one of the doctor's in the practice is on call- so that's good should my baby decided to make an appearance. If no baby by my due date? Then they are going to do another sonogram to make sure baby is doing okay in there. So we wait.

Pregnancy: 39 weeks!

Gender: Team Green

Name: Ehhh.

Weight Gain: At last week's appointment my weight was the same. This week I gained a pound. So I think I can surmise that I have gained 23 pounds. I mean I could gain or lose by baby's due date but 23 is a good number.

Sleep: I am having the most vivid dreams ever! They are usually about things that worry me and it's so vivid I wake up worried at times. I imagine I should enjoy sleeping long enough to have dreams.

Feeling: Pretty good. I really thought at this point I would be like many other pregnant women like "get this baby out!" but I'm not.

Health: My BP is still great. My breath still gets taken away but nothing serious.

Movement: Baby seems to be snuggling in tighter, rather than making his or her way out.

Belly: Itchy like crazy. This is really beginning to get on my nerves. Whether I ignore it or scratch it- the itch will not go away. It is really the most uncomfortable thing about my life right now. I'm trying to moisturize as much as possible. I've even taken to getting EVOO right out of the kitchen and slathering it on my belly. It doesn't relieve itch but I don't have any new stretch marks!

Next Appointment: I had an appointment earlier so the next one is next week. I'm due in exactly one week so we will see. My husband is desperately hoping that appointment will be canceled.

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